Saturday, May 27, 2017

The amazing benefits of a Season Pass to HersheyPark! #HersheyPA #Sweetestmoms

*** I received lodging and admission to the park for the subject matter contained in this post, all opinions are 100% my own***

Have you ever visited Hersheypark? There is just something about the family friendly charm of this great park. The park is filled with great rides, food, and fun. But it is also filled with beautiful trees and flowers, a real step back compared to some amusement parks. With Hersheypark, you can stop to smell the flowers, and even feed the ducks if you would like. Do you like to go and visit Hersheypark with the family a few times a year?  


Why not pick up a season pass, and get all of the great deals Hershey has to offer. With a season pass you can have unlimited fun for less than the price of 3 visits. Think of it the chance to enjoy unlimited year-round visits to Hersheypark and ZooAmerica, plus sweet perks like FREE parking, early access to select rides, and more! For less than the price of three visits! 


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The all season pass has two price points, the cost is $170.00, for ages 9-54 and $155.00 for ages 3-8 and ages 55+ the pass is valid for visits from Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2017. Children 2 and under are free. 
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With the season pass you can go to the park as much as you would like, every day if you wish! Along with the spring and summer season you are also allowed unlimited visits during Hersheypark In The Dark, as well as unlimited visits during Hersheypark Christmas Candylane! Hersheypark itself is not just what you can enjoy with this season pass… you can also enjoy unlimited visits to ZooAmerica all year long from January 1 - December 31.
Want to have a quiet day with the kids at the zoo, then take advantage of your pass, and have a fun-filled animal watching day at ZooAmerica. Come in the summer and enjoy a wet filled at at Hersheypark's Boardwalk, a great way to cool down on a hot summer day.

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With your pass you will save $$ with all of your purchases at the park from souvenirs to food, you will save 15% off merchandise! This will add up after a short time, save on lunch, a tee shirt your magnet… whatever you purchase.

You can even save at Hershey’s Chocolate World! Save 15% off chocolate, retail, and food & beverage purchases at Hershey's Chocolate World. I know we always have to stop at Chocolate World when we are in Hershey they have such a selection. From getting little-known favorites like the Zero bar to yummy limited edition sweets that I cannot find anywhere (but eBay, and I am not paying $$ for a chocolate bar) and are excited to try.
With each season pass purchase, you receive a Season Pass Value Book. This book is filled with even more sweet savings. From discounts on park tickets (you want your family and friends to come along, well save some money on their ticket with the coupons in this booklet) to more discounts on park food, like buy one get ones, these great coupons will come in handy the whole year though.
The perk that I am most excited about is the Free Parking. Getting to park and save the cost of the parking is something that will add up to great savings. But the best part about this perk is that it is preferred free parking! The lot is right outside of the park. If you are a park goer you know by the end of the day all you want to do is get to the car and relax before you leave… with this amazingly close parking, you are right there, in the car in seconds. Such an amazing perk!
Season pass holders will get the perk of Sweet Start. With Sweet Start,  you can start your day before the gates officially open with up to one-hour early admittance on select rides in Founder's Way, The Hollow, and NEW in 2017, Kissing Tower Hill.  Get your 1-hour early access to even more rides, including the all-new Hershey Triple Tower with Hersheypark Sweet Start.

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Not necessarily just for season pass holders but, I had to include this because it is such a great deal! Quench your thirst for less at Hersheypark! Purchase an All-Day Drink Deal complete with a Souvenir Cup and get free refills throughout Hersheypark all day! Plus get .99-cent refills on future visits! Available during Springtime In The Park, Summer, Hersheypark In The Dark, and Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. All this for only $14.83!
Get the Hersheypark, all-Day Dining Deal for only $29.67 each person. Pay once and dine all day! Feed your hunger for less at Hersheypark! Purchase an All-Day Dining Deal for one low price, and dine all day long at more than 10 tasty locations throughout Hersheypark!  Look for the All-Day Dining Deal icon throughout the Park for available locations.
If you are looking for a great way to have fun all spring/summer/fall/winter take a visit to Hersheypark, and come back again and again with a Season Pass. I can't wait to share more of our visits, we will be back soon!  Are you linking all of these great deals for Season pass holders? Well, that is not all there are even more deals than this! Be sure to check out the other great perks of a Hersheypark season pass

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$170 Pass valid on visits Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2017
Regular (Ages 9-54): $170
Junior/Senior (Ages 3-8 and 55+): $155











Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions. No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising.

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Thwaites is over! A interview with Pirates of the Caribbean star Brenton Thwaites. In theaters today! #PiratesLifeEvent

****Disney provided an all-expense paid trip for me to cover this great event ****

Brenton Thwaites, is best known for his roles in Gods of Egypt and Disney's Maleficent. He was recently named the CinemaCon breakthrough performer of the year, joining the past winners big names such as Chris Pratt and Amy Schumer He is a star on the rise and we were very fortunate to be able to sit down and ask him some questions about his newest project Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. We were excited to see what he thought working on the set, how it was working with Johnny Depp and much more!
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How does someone come across a role like this? How did Brenton become involved in the film?

I auditioned a multiple amount of times with Ron and Chris here in L.A., and then I met the directors at a place in Venice Beach, and then the movie got put on hold for a while, and I re-auditioned about a year later.  I met Jerry Bruckheimer and the producers, and then I just, and then I got the part out of nowhere”.


What was it like working opposite Johnny Depp as the iconic Captain Jack Sparrow?

It was terrifying.  It's always terrifying because you never know what he's going to say or do, so you know, and it always results in humiliation for me.  You are always, entering a scene, thinking this guy now is five movies worth of Jack Sparrow. And he's on the ball, kind of irreverent and impulsive, You just anticipate what he's going to do and say, so that's great because, as an actor, it kind of improves your acting in the sense that you're always open and free and relaxed to go with the flow, but also pretty terrifying”. 
Recently you became a father, what is it like knowing  you've done a few Disney films, knowing your child will see these films one day?

It's great being a part of Disney because, as a studio, it really, plays for the younger audiences, and I did a movie released in 2014 called Maleficent which something I can't wait for my daughter to see.  Pirates may take a while just because it's quite scary.  Maleficent is, as well, but I know, there's moments in Pirates where I kind of even get scared, you know. I think it might take a while.  Maybe until next year when she's two”. 

We laughed and joked that perhaps after she is potty trained then he can see what movies he will bring his daughter too. Brenton chuckles and said, “One year at a time, I don't even know about letting kids see movies yet”. That is so cute, I remember those days as a first time parent having to learn each and every thing about raising a child from what to feed them to basic things like what age to take them to see a movie.


As a newcomer to this whole Pirates universe, did you ever feel like the filmmakers value your input as a newcomer?


I think they did value my input as an actor as a newcomer.  There were so many different characters coming into this one to make it a fresh new thing, you know, and I think all the old-school dudes really wanted, make it fresh and exciting and, it's something they hadn't done before.  So Javier coming on board, myself, Kaya, and the two new directors that primarily done independent films supported and encouraged on this one”.
 What was it like when you first walked onto the set and saw it all?

I was thinking, wow, it's really rained, because my first day on the set, it had been pouring for months or weeks, and the town of Saint Martin was covered in mud.  Everything they used it in the movie is really cool and dramatic, and adds to the dirtiness of the pirate's world, but I remember thinking,  I'm going to have to get some new shoes”.  
Photo Credit: Louise Bishop / MomStart.com

What is your hope that audience takes away from the film?

I just hope they're entertained.  It's the kind of movie that never loses its drive and has so many action pieces set pieces; comedic elements; romance; supernatural; there's kind of something for everyone in this movie.  I hope everyone takes something from it and connects with the characters”.
It was nice chatting with Brenton he was so down to earth and sweet. He reminded me of my brother with his love of skateboarding, when asked if he brought his skateboard to the set he said he wished he did, but he had the chance to check out  an electric skateboard, and after he tried it, he chuckled and thought “there was a of sense the whole studio thinking, get Brenton off that skateboard! I don't care what happens, but get that kid off that thing”.


I can imagine, they must have not liked the skateboarding on the set idea at all, with all of the cost to filing they did not need one of the stars with a broken arm or leg! One of my favorite parts of the interview was when Brenton was did you take anything from the set? According to Brenton “I didn't, but if this ever gets back to the producer, I would've liked to have taken a rowboat because I told her (my mom)  before we wrap the movie, that I would bring her a rowboat home and make a veggie garden out of it”. That is so nice, such a cute gesture, I hope you get that rowboat for your mom Brenton!                                 
               
Check out some of the interviews with the stars, including, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, & be sure to stay tuned for interview with Kaya Scodelario and the amazing Directors of Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Joachim Ronning & Espen Sandberg. These interviews will be posted soon.

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Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising .

Thursday, May 25, 2017

We are Rushing off to talk to Hector Barbossa himself Geoffrey Rush about Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales #PiratesLifeEvent

****Disney provided an all-expense paid trip for me to cover this great event ****

Geoffrey Rush is an amazingly talented actor and has the awards to prove it. He is one of the few people that have won the "Triple Crown of Acting": the Academy Award, the Primetime Emmy Award, and the Tony Award. So he can do it all, movies, TV and the stage. Out of all of his roles, my favorite has to be Barbossa, simply because he is the best pirate ever. Rush plays the cunning and ruthless Captain Hector Barbossa in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series and he has made the character his own, to me he is Barbossa. We were very fortunate to sit down with Geoffrey Rush to chat about Pirates, past and present and of course monkeys. 
You played a different part of Barbossa in this film. How did it feel to take on a different Barbossa?

It’s sort of something that happened over the first four films. I think in the first one he was described rather fearfully by the two pirates that are now my assistants. He’s spat out from the mouth of hell. He was pretty much the dark villain of the piece. He had to break the curse. I think it was a great twist of the story that we were actually having to put all of the treasure back to reverse the curse. Then I got shot. 





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Some months later, Gore Verbinski, who was director in the first three, phoned me up and said look it’s been such a success. He said we’re going to go to Asia. I said, well, that’s great. You’ll all have a marvelous time. It was really fun being in the first film. He said, oh, no, no, no. We’ll go to Asia. You’re going to come back as a very secret surprise right in the end of the second film. I said, oh, right. How -- I’m dead? He said, it’s going to be voodoo. Move magic.

Photo Credit: Louise Bishop / MomStart.com

He said Tia Dalma needs you to get all the global pirates together to break the curse. It’ll become a big part of the story. I sort of became like a politician. That was fun to play, because he’s a control freak and he loves thinking he’s the most powerful person on the planet.  I liked that in Pirates 4. I really insisted that I have a very elaborate wig and lovely makeup and a beauty spot. The teeth were always the same. Unfortunately, when he put on the courtly makeup with his crusty skin, he didn’t look any prettier.  I read the fifth script that he had become so wealthy because he’s got Blackbeards, magic that is the most powerful thing on the planet. I like that it brought out the vulgarity”.


One of my favorite parts of the Pirates of The Caribbean franchise are the amazing costumes, from the beautiful to the beautifully hideous, these movies have it all. I love the rich colors and the dark dank colors. What did Geoffrey Rush feel about the costumes that his character wore?
The costumes are so elaborate in this film what did you think of them?

Barbossa isn’t somebody with any sense of personal style whatsoever you know.  Penny Rose, the Costume Designer, gave me this great kind of flamboyant outfit. I was a bit more like a glam rock star, coming back. He wouldn't care if he mixed checks with stripes. What else does he spent his money on?  I love the fact that the gold wooden leg. I said this is a great way to show how ridiculously wealthy he is. It’s a bit like Saddam Hussein having gold everywhere on the bathroom taps and probably shaped like fish or something, you know, ridiculous”.
 You and Johnny have a great back and forth. Was that natural, or did you have to work on that?

For him (Johnny Depp) to create such a unique, unpredictable pirate there’s nothing like it in literature or cinema before. And he got nominated for a Best Actor, which is just fantastic. These actual adventure films just don’t really get a look in on that territory. I remember him telling me when we shot the first film, he said, we can’t be stereotypes. We’ve got to create really imaginative kind of people that an audience will get very engaged with. He said I’ve been toying with the idea of….I like the British rock stars of the ‘60s because the pirates always had sort of clear-cut identities”. 

“The scripts are always pretty good. They know the relationship, we’ve sort of decided now that the black pearl is our mutual girlfriend and we both want her. Then chances are that Jack Sparrow will end up with the ship, but that sense of harmony’s never always going to stay there if there is any kind of sequel”. 



Did you actually have to walk with the peg leg, or was it CGI how did all that work?

No. I went down that path and talked to a prosthetist who specializes with amputees. The engineering they do now if you see people that have a leg from the knee down, it’s molded beautifully in titanium. They’ve now got a machine where the feet kind of ripple to train it to be a good part of you. And when I had it strapped up, I couldn't stand up. I mean it was just impossible. And I said you know what? I’ll act the leg. I wore a blue screen stocking that I made sure that we made the heel of it like the point that it would be”. 
I think we’d all love to hear about the monkey a little bit. Did you enjoy that part of filming?

"Yes, the monkey’s great. The monkey’s trained to really have no relationship with me because if it did it would be looking for things to eat in my wig. Tara was the name of the first monkey. Then Pablo and Chiquita came. Chiquita was slightly smaller and she was better for fitting under the hat of someone. Pablo was slightly bigger, he was supposed to do all the stunt work, you see. There was one scene where the monkey had to swim from one boat to the other, and Pablo got on the edge of the boat and just froze and thought, there’s no way I’m doing this. Chiquita got on. She jumped in and swam. They were a good team. 

They would always be eating, they’re getting peanut rewards or little bits of dried banana and stuff like that. I used to love it. It was very comforting because I’d feel them on my making all those little noises. And you just get very warm soft, aromatic, peanut breath. Every time I had the monkey in the scene there was a real connection. 

Pablo gave me a wrap gift. He gave me a painting that he did. It’s really amazing. It’s got these mad, green spreads, like abstract, I call it abstract simian expressionism. Then there’s some yellow over on this side. It’s really quite artistic. I don’t know what that is. That could've been the contents of the diaper that he wears. There’s a little paw print…It’s an original by Pablo. Very, very sweet”. 

Geoffrey Rush, really loves what does and seems to have a soft spot for the Pirates franchise. He was so enthusiastic and remembered so much from his time on the sets. For a very busy actor to remember so much in so much detail, this really shows how much he loved the filming and the part. When the interview wrapped up he remarked about what a fun group we were, and that he enjoyed the interview. We enjoyed it too Geoffrey. 


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Get #HersheyparkHappy with a sweet King Sized shake @HersheyPark #HersheyPA



*** I received lodging and admission to the park for the subject matter contained in this post, all opinions are 100% my own***


We all know that Hershey PA is chocolate town USA  a place filled with everything chocolate you can imagine, from treats to chocolate-themed rides at HersheyPark. You can get your fill of chocolate candy, fudge, cupcakes, cookies and I could just go on and on! But there is one treat I have never seen before, at the park, a treat that stopped me in my tracks and I said I have to have that! Mind you it was raining, so you know this has to be something special to make us stop... Oh, and it is! I would like to introduce you all to Simply Chocolate, a food location at HersheyPark. This seems just like any old food location, but they serve something that is out of this world amazing... The King Size Shake!

Sure we have all had milkshakes in our days, a creamy treat that we all love... But this is unlike any milkshake I have ever seen before in my life! As you walk up to Simply Chocolate, you are greeted by the King Sized Shake menu. What will it be for you today? An enormous Kisses Chocolate shake complete with a full sized cookie on the top, or a Hershey's Chocolate bar shake, topped with a cupcake? Hmm? 

Well since to me there is nothing better than the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, the Reeses shake was the obvious choice for us! The shake was filled with a peanut butter and chocolate milkshake and topped with two full sized pretzel rods dipped in more chocolate. 
Around the rim of the cup was frosting.. ahh chocolate frosting surrounded by Reese's pieces, and mini Reese's cups. That is not all held in by the straw was two nice sized pieces of peanut butter pie!! Then topped with sprinkles and whipped cream.
The rich peanut butter pie, complete with a chocolate crust (yes, even more, chocolate) this was a show stopper. We got quite a bit of attention when we ordered it a passerby's marveled and asked what it was and where we got it. So what did we think of this marvel? Well, it was pretty great, my husband my daughter and I just loved the rich chocolate flavor, the only thing we could have asked for would be a bit more peanut butter, just because we love peanut butter. 
The King Sized Shakes retail for $13.99. I know what you may be thinking... $13.99 for a shake, for a shake?? Yes, the price may be a little on the high side, but this was indeed a king sized shake it was HUGE! My family of three could not take it all on, we make a valiant effort but we only got so far, there was just so much sweet goodness, it could really feed a couple with no problems! 
There are even seasonal choices when I was there, the seasonal choice was the Carrot Cake King Sized Shake, topped with spring goodies that included a Peep! Sadly this flavor is no longer available, but think of what they could have for other seasons... 

Perhaps an apple pie for the summer? Or pumpkin for the fall, or eggnog for the winter? Those flavors are not on tap, but it would be cool if they were right? I can't wait for our next visit to HersheyPark to see what flavors they have next... Oh and to ride the rides too!  

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